The match official appointments are as follows:
|V Sehwag||lbw b Riaz||38||25||9||0||152.00|
|S Tendulkar||c Afridi b Ajmal||85||115||11||0||73.91|
|G Gambhir||st K Akmal b Hafeez||27||32||2||0||84.38|
|V Kohli||c U Akmal b Riaz||9||21||0||0||42.86|
|*MS Dhoni||lbw b Riaz||25||42||2||0||59.52|
|S Raina||not out||36||39||3||0||92.31|
|Harbhajan||st K Akmal b Ajmal||12||15||2||0||80.00|
|Zaheer||c K Akmal b Riaz||9||10||1||0||90.00|
|A Nehra||run out (Riaz)||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|M Patel||not out||0||0||0||0|
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by five wickets at the Premadasa Stadium. Sri Lanka will play the winner of the second semi-final between India and Pakistan (at Mohali on Wednesday) in the final in Mumbai on 2 April.
Batting first New Zealand posted 217 in 48.5 overs. In its reply, Sri Lanka ended at 220 for 5 in 47.5 overs.
New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals before Scott Styris (57: 77b, 5x4) held the innings together with a fine effort. Styris added 77 runs for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor (36) to revive the New Zealand innings.
Among the others, only Martin Guptill (39) and Kane Williamson (22) made notable contributions.
For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga (3-55), Ajantha Mendis (3-35) and Muttiah Muralidaran (2-42) shared the wickets around.
In its reply, Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga early. But Tillakaratne Dilshan (73: 93b, 10x4, 1x6) and Kumar Sangakkara (54: 79b, 7x4, 1x6) shared a 120-run stand to put the chase back on track.
But Sri Lanka soon slipped from 160 for 1 to 169 for 4 and lost Chamara Silva soon after cheaply. At 185 for 5, the chase appeared to be in the balance.
But an injured Angelo Mathews came out and batted with aggression to push Sri Lanka to a place in the final for the second successive time.
Experienced batsman Thilan Samaraweera (23) kept his cool as he shared an unbeaten 35 run stand for the sixth wicket with Mathews to book Sri Lanka's date in the final.
Speaking before an audience of diplomats, business leaders and journalists, Mr Lorgat said: "I had confidently predicted to the media on 1 February that this ICC Cricket World Cup would be the perfect showcase for the 50-over format to answer the critics and I had proclaimed that 'ODI cricket is alive and well'.
"I am pleased - and naturally relieved - to say that so far the statements I have made have proven to be correct.
"The evidence to prove that 50-over cricket is far from finished has been plentiful. The television audiences have been the biggest in history and the India v England match in Bengaluru on 27 February is the most watched game in the history of ODIs… and it doesn't take a genius to predict that when India faces Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday that record may well be smashed.
"And the crowds have been outstanding. Most of us would have been at R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday to watch a full-house celebrate as Sri Lanka cruised into the semi-final. No one that night was questioning the future of 50-over cricket nor will they in Chandigarh on Wednesday and nor were they in Bangladesh where the stadiums continued to be packed even after the home team went out of the competition."
Mr Lorgat added that research conducted by the ICC had shown that there was still enormous support for 50-over cricket but had also demanded more context and content for ODIs.
He said: "This World Cup clearly has context and we also have great content. The scoring-rate of more than five runs an over has been the highest in history. Records have tumbled and heroes continue to be made at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
"The meaning of the World Cup is building. Can any one of India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka repeat the glory of their predecessor teams or will New Zealand make an even greater narration by writing its name boldly into the history of the game. Who will it be?
"There is something hugely significant at stake - not only for the teams but also for their countries. Can you just imagine what the reception would be like here in Colombo and across this island if Kumar Sangakkara and his team brings home the CWC trophy from Mumbai?
"It would be one of those moments when breath is taken away - not just for the players but for everyone in this country.
"And the same would apply to the other three countries. There is nothing quite like nation v nation cricket when national pride is at stake on a global stage.
"In Mohali, there will be another massive factor that would add to the context. I personally hope to see the mighty power of sport and in particular the Great Spirit of cricket providing a platform for the governments of India and Pakistan to come together around an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final.
"I heard someone say yesterday that 'cricket diplomacy is better than no diplomacy', and another said that 'cricket will create harmony'.
"A part of the ICC vision is to 'build bridges between continents, countries and communities'. If this happens it will truly be fantastic and just reward for a sport that has Great Spirit. '
He added: "When we started this ICC Cricket World Cup our promotional campaign talked of 14 teams competing in 49 matches for one trophy.
"That trophy - for players, administrators, spectators alike - is The Cup that Counts - a 50-over competition."
Tickets for the semifinal - dubbed as the mother of all clashes - have been attracting offer prices up to twenty times the original rate.
So big is the rush that tickets priced at Rs 10,000 were being sold for about Rs 50,000.
The tickets worth Rs 15,000 are attracting bids of about Rs 1 lakh each. The student block tickets priced at Rs 250 are commanding a price of up to Rs 5,000 while the huge demand has escalated the chair block tickets worth Rs 500 each to Rs 10,000.
Fans have been making phone calls to friends and acquaintances, including those in media and police, to arrange the tickets or accept money for passes.
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium at Mohali - which would host the historic semi-final on March 30 - has made arrangements to accommodate 27,500 people.
The PCA sold more than 15,000 tickets over the counter on March 21 and 22.
Those who bought tickets earlier are trying to sell them in the black market since people are ready to dole out "an unprecedented" amount for tickets.
Though police authorities claimed they would check black marketing of tickets, cricket enthusiasts revealed a large number was actually being sold by cops - some of whom are on security duty in and around the stadium.
Representatives of some corporate houses, who were ready to pay 'any amount', were seen outside the PCA Stadium in an effort to get tickets for the corporate boxes.
The town also expects more than 200 fans from
MP Pandove, PCA secretary, stated that the association had already sent 50 tickets to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
"The PCB would distribute those tickets among their official visitors, celebrities and other VIPs. Several sports enthusiasts had made arrangement of tickets on their own," Pandove said.
GS Walia, PCA joint secretary, said that some senior political personalities and celebrities were expected to witness the match.
"We have made arrangement for world-class hospitality," he said.
MOHALI: Australian Simon Taufel, a winner of five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards, and
For the first semifinal between Sri Lanka and
Marais Erasmus (third umpire), Billy Doctrove (fourth umpire) are the other two officials for the Sri Lanka-New Zealand clash.
Appointments for the final will be made later.
Launching cricket diplomacy to give a fresh impetus to bilateral ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday invited Pakistan President and Prime Minister to watch the Indo-Pak cricket encounter in Mohali on 30 March when he will also be present.
In an identical letters to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, he said he proposed to watch the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final and “it gives me a great pleasure” to invite them to watch the match.
“There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket that will be a victory for sport.
“It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our two countries to watch the match,” he said in the letters to both the leaders.
Singh’s cricket diplomacy will be the first major bilateral event at the summit level between the two sides either in India or Pakistan since 26/11 attacks when relations between the two countries plunged to a new low.
Cricket diplomacy between the two countries, which have often witnessed acrimonious ties in the last over two decades, had brought the late President Zia-ul Haq and former President Pervez Musharraf to watch cricket matches in India.
Haq, a former alumini of St Stephen’s in Delhi, had come to watch a test match in Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in February 1987 at the invitation of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The two met and held discussions after the event in Delhi.
Musharraf, who also has his origins in Delhi, also came to watch an Indo-Pak encounter at Ferozeshah Kotla ground here in 2005 when he was in power.
In the last over two years, Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan have met in third country locations on the margins of NAM conferences in Bhutan and Egypt.
Foreign Ministers of the two countries have also met in between but the last meeting between them in July last year turned out to be a fiasco.
However, the two countries had recently decided to intensify contacts and a meeting between Home Secretaries of the two countries is slated on Monday and Tuesday here.
Captain Ricky Ponting said on Saturday his fate was in the hands of the selectors after Australia's shattering early exit from the World Cup.
Ponting, whose captaincy has been under attack since Australia's Ashes series debacle against England in January, scored a fighting 104 but it was not enough to prevent India from knocking the champions out in Wednesday's quarter-final in Ahmedabad.
Australia's greatest Test runscorer has endured a torrid time and a majority of cricket fans, according to newspaper polls, want him to step down as team leader in a rebuilding phase.
Ponting, 36, confirmed in his column in The Australian newspaper on Saturday that he has played in his last World Cup and that his immediate playing future was up to the discretion of the national selectors.
"I was asked before the quarter-final and at the media conference immediately after if I was retiring. I am not," Ponting wrote in his column.
"It is my intention to keep playing cricket, I might not be the best judge of what my contribution to Australian cricket is."
"There are a panel of selectors who have that job and I am happy to accept their judgment."
Ponting said his focus now was on what was best for Australian cricket.
"We need to rally together to review all aspects that have contributed to our performances over the past six months," he said.
"There will be casualties and change come out of this (Cricket Australia) review but I am also confident it will highlight a number of programs, structures and people that remain the best or very close to the best in the world."
"Building on our strengths while working hard on our weaknesses will ensure that we are in the best possible shape to win back the World Cup in 2015 as well as the Ashes and other major trophies in the years ahead."
Ponting said he was "shattered" at Australia's earliest exit from the World Cup since 1992.
"In some ways we performed to expectations in this World Cup. People did not expect us to win and we didn't," he said.
"It is fair to say that we need to examine our performances in depth and begin to plan for the future."
"A clear-the-decks policy is fraught with danger. Young players need to be nurtured and the best way for that to be done is with senior guys around them."
"It's been a difficult six months for us with the disappointing result in the Ashes and now this early exit from the World Cup."